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This painting by Acquarone, who was one of the court artists of Sultan Abdülhamid II, is an oil copy of the engraving Kağıthane, published in Melling’s book Voyage Pittoresque de Constantinople et des rives du Bosphore. In this respect, it constitutes an example of the copies made from engravings in the last quarter of the 19th century.

According to the description in Voyage Pittoresque, the jereed game played on horses takes place between the pages of Selim III at one of the favorite excursion spots in İstanbul, Kağıthane, referred to as the “Sweet Waters of Europe” by the Westerners.

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